Raja Ravi Varma
1848 - April 29
Went to Thiruvananthapuram along with his teacher  audience with Maharaja Ayilam Tirunal. 

Received the help of Arumukham pillai in making oil paintings.

Married Pururuttati Nal Tampuratti of Mavelikara Palace.
Got acquainted with the British painter Theodore Jensen. 
Received the first honorarium for painting from Palat  Narayana Menon. 

The Maharaja of Travancore presented a 'Virasrinkhala' to Ravi Varma.

Participated in the painting exhibition held at Madras. Won the first prize for his painting entitled 'The lady wearing jasmine flowers'. 

Was awarded the Medal of Honour and Certificate at the exhibition at Vienna.

Got the first prize for the 'The girl singing' at the Madras exhibition.
Madras Governor, the Lord of Buckinghamvisited Ravi Varma at his residence and interviewed him. 

Won the first prize and the Gaekwad gold medal for the   painting entitled 'The Nair Lady' at the Pune exhibition.

Visited the Palace of the Maharaja of Baroda and made many  paintings there. 
Received the certificates of honour from the exhibition held at London and Calcutta.
Stayed in Bombay and painted.
Sent paintings for the exhibition held at Chicago in America.   Got medal of honour and certificate.
Sold the prints of his paintings.
Drew paintings for the Chitralayam at Thiruvananthapuram.
Visited Udaipur, the capital of Mewar and made paintings of   the Maharani and others.
Was honoured by the British Government with the title Kaiser-I-Hind in the new year.
Celebrated his 57th birthday at Kilimanoor. 
Visited Mysore again with new paintings.
Was down with fever on September 20 
Breathed his last on October 2
Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906) was born in Kilimanoor Palace as the son of Umamba Thampuratti and Neelakandan Bhattathiripad. At the age of seven years he started drawing on the palace walls using charcoal. His uncle Raja Raja Varma noticed the talent of the child and gave preliminary lessons on painting. At the age of 14, Ayilyam Thirunal Maharaja took him to Travancore Palace and he was taught water painting by the palace painter Rama Swamy Naidu. After 3 years Theodor Jenson, a British painter taught him oil painting.

Most of his paintings are based on Hindu epic stories and characters. In 1873 he won the First Prize at the Madras Painting Exhibition. He became a world famous Indian painter after winning in 1873 Vienna Exhibition.

Here we have collected some of the classic paintings of Raja Ravi Varma. Images are 75 Kb to 150 Kb and may take a while to download. Click the thumbnail to enlarge.

Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906) was a great artist who brought Indian painting to the attention of the larger world.    His magnificent paintings shine  still in  their undying glory.   There  is  no  doubt that they will continue to do so in the coming centuries,  triumphing   over the rigorous test of time.  Ravi  Varma  added  a  new  chapter  of  his own to the history of painting.   He held  an unparalleled place  in  his own age.  Ravi Varma's equal is Ravi Varma alone.